LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Today, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky granted the ACLU of Kentucky, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s motion for a preliminary injunction blocking Section 4 of Senate Bill 150, the provision of an anti-trans omnibus law in Kentucky that bans necessary medical care for transgender youth. The medical portions of the law which was passed following the Kentucky Legislature’s vote to override the governor’s veto, were slated to go into effect on June 29, 2023.
Statement from ACLU-KY Legal Director, Corey Shapiro
“We are grateful to the Court for enjoining this egregious ban on medically necessary care, which would have caused harm for countless young Kentuckians. This is a win, but it is only the first step. We’re prepared to fight for families’ right to make their own private medical decisions in court, and to continue doing everything in our power to ensure access to medical care is permanently secured in Kentucky.”
Statement from NCLR Legal Director, Shannon Minter
“This decision is a huge relief for the families targeted by this unnecessary and harmful law, which prevents doctors from doing their jobs and parents from making medical decisions for their own children. We are grateful that the court carefully considered all of the evidence and recognized that there is no support for this dangerous and unprecedented law.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky is freedom's watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislature and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms. For additional information, visit our website at: www.aclu-ky.org.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Since its founding, NCLR has maintained a longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and the LGBTQ community’s most vulnerable. www.nclrights.org